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Phillies assistant GM Chuck LaMar resigns

Sep 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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Clearly this is a move borne of his personal disgrace over helping to assemble such a horrible te — oh, wait. It’s the Phillies. I still automatically think “Devil Rays” when I hear his name.  But boy, this one is strange.  “Shocking” according to Bob Brookover of the Inquirer:

LaMar did not return phone calls or text messages from the Inquirer Tuesday night, but during an extensive review of the 2011 minor-league season last week he gave zero indication that he was about to step down. Instead, the now former assistant general manager in charge of player development raved about the farm system’s vast talent and resources.

I got it: he gave that interview before learning that, contrary to his initial impression, the Phillies future was murky at best. That had to be it. It’s something that certainly rocked the foundations of many of you guys.

Or, rather, he realizes that leaving on top is not a bad thing at all, especially when there are other GM openings in places like Chicago. I mean, I haven’t heard his name mentioned as a potential Cubs GM — and at 55 he isn’t quite the model of a young, analytical type the Cubs are reported to be interested in hiring — but there are opportunities out there for LaMar out there.

Opportunities that he’s not going to get working behind a ninja. A ninja who is considerably younger than he is.

  1. 12strikes - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    I see this causing a power rankings drop, right Craig?

  2. yankeesfanlen - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    That’s Hedley!

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:31 AM

      Governor William J. Le Petomane: Thank you, Hedy, thank you
      Hedley Lamarr: It’s not *Hedy*, it’s *Hedley*. Hedley Lamarr.
      Governor William J. Le Petomane: What the hell are you worried about? This is 1874. You’ll be able to sue *her*.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    My guess the reason he resigned was because he either wanted a larger role in the organization and was turned down or wanted more money. Either way, he’s gone now. We need to find another scouting director.

    • mox19380 - Sep 7, 2011 at 2:21 PM

      my guess is the same as the writer’s. He’s the assistant on a team with a well established, successful, and popular GM. Seems like he’s just leaving at the top in hopes of filling the GM position for either the Cubs (who fired the GM) or the Chi-Sox (who are rumored to be on the fence with Kenny Williams, or any of the other potential GM jobs that might become available….. Or maybe just maybe he, like Jayson Werth, slept with Chase Utley’s wife (thats a joke of course)

      • macjacmccoy - Sep 8, 2011 at 1:03 AM

        that would make sense if he left after the season not in the middle of a pennant race. What looks better on his resume a guy that quit on a very successful team half way through a season or a guy that finished out the year on a world series champion? Of course the championship is hypothetical but you get my point. If he was doing this purely because he was looking to get a job promotion with another team he wouldnt have bailed half way on a promising season.

  4. JB (the original) - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:22 AM


  5. cleverbob - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    I assume he was forced to resign due to elevated murkiness projections.

    • CJ - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      Precisely. He is now free to pursue positions with other teams whose outlook is far less murky…like the Cubs or Dodgers.

      Why are you looking at me like that? I didn’t say they had more promising futures, just less “murky”. After all, everyone knows that their futures are sucktitude…at best.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    real reason he stepped down is he knows the future isnt too hot in philly with their aging roster and he doesnt want to be the guy who has to rebuild them

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 7, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      Hey Dirty Harry,

      I haven’t seen you comment in a while. What happened? Did they let you out of the insane asylum again?

  7. Panda Claus - Sep 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Lamarr’s job was a lot like Capt. Stubing on the Love Boat. Probably not challenging enough. If he wants a challenge, then he’ll want to be checking out current (Cubs) and future (Orioles) openings.

  8. Old Gator - Sep 7, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    “…but there are opportunities out there for LaMar out there.”

    This message has been brought to you by your Department of Redundancy Department and the Natural Guard.

  9. bleedgreen - Sep 7, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    I”m just curious why would you not wait it out for another month and try to collect your ring and some credit?

  10. professor59 - Sep 7, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    There will be more to this story. It’s way too sudden and secretive, and it will come out soon enough.
    But it’s not about “being the right time” or “pursuing other interests”. Somebody got pissed at somebody else and fired him or got himself fired.

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